I received the opportunity to audition for “Funny the movie” in *NYC. From the moment I heard about the project I was hell bent on *becoming a part, either cast, crew, or otherwise, of the production. I knew this would be a huge opportunity and I wanted to take full advantage. I ended up driving down to NYC for the audition. Of course what else would happen other than my car breaking down the day before. My incredible Grandfather, on a whim, drove me down to the “City that Never Sleeps”. I Remember walking in and feeling calm and ready. I was directed upstairs for an event. The room was completely occupied with fellow actors and booths offering head shots, casting companies, and everything from raffles to laser hair removal. It was an eclectic bunch to say the least. I had been asked to come down and audition, therefore my name would be on the list, right? Wrong. I saw heads start to turn and quiet exchanges between the women at the check in booth. Now I am normally as cool as a cucumber but this caused a little anxiety you could say. They found me thankfully and I realized I had introduced myself with my real name instead of my nickname, genius on my part! I stood in the line for a little while. I got to speak with the talent around me, we all exchanged our recent projects, auditions, and experiences (the good, the bad, and the horrendous). They called me in and as I rounded the corner, what else would I do but trip, on camera, in front of everyone. All I could think is “Well, I could have made small talk, but no, no no, I break the ice…by breaking my ankle”. I noticed a gentleman wearing a Yankees hat and of course had to give him a thumbs up! Being a Boston native I am not used to MY team being so widely accepted.
I began the scene and immediately mixed up a line, I kept going but I was less than happy with myself and performance. But it felt natural though. Often on auditions, the lines feel a little contrived and almost unrealistic, but it felt to flow so naturally. There weren’t terms that seemed like something, not necessarily myself, but people in general would say. It was simple but not cliche or forced. I connected with the character personally so that also made me more comfortable. I didn’t expect the reaction I got. I was given a round of applause. It took me by surprise and for some reason all I could think is run. I thanked them and practically sprinted out. It was almost a month later when I saw that casting was being updated via twitter. I have never experienced anything like it , and hope I never do again. It was one of the most nail biting, stomach turning, anxiety inducing processes I think I have ever been a part of. I got an email that asked me to send in an audition tape for Stacey Hickman. At that point I thought it was a fat chance for me to get anything. So I sat down, and learned the lines as quickly as I could and I ended up taking the “If you are going to be a bear than be a grizzly” approach. Which actually worked out quiet well for me. I figured I didn’t have anything to loose, why not! Make a fool of yourself, I thought. I liked Stacey, she is strong willed and self absorbed which is something I haven’t had a chance to explore with a character. I liked how spunky and almost naive she is.
Then at 1:15 in the morning, after a good two hours of nail biting and self loathing, two Twitter casting announcements had been made. I wanted to beat the information from them, but saw many fellow actors had already tried that. Finally a third announcement was made. It was my name and head shots that were posted. I cried for about 20 minutes and then went and jumped up to tell my mother, who was not pleased I had woken her up at the wee hours of the night.
I knew I wanted to be involved in the film from the get-go and I am so excited to start this experience. This will be my first film project. I grew up in community theater and participated in a web series that stopped production short. Social media has been an amazing part of our journey. Like I said our casting announcements were via twitter. It has given the cast a chance to communicate and get to know one and other. I can’t wait to begin this journey and am so blessed to be a part of the FTM family! @BoSottile
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